The Regulations amend provisions in the Social Security (Claims and Information) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3108) relating to the holding, use and supply of information in connection with arrangements made by the Secretary of State, in particular those made under s.2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973.
The Regulations prescribe that individuals in Northern Ireland whose entitlement to income support on non-disability grounds has come to an end, cannot claim income support if they have a health condition or disability.
A number of limits applying to tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation decrease, including the limit on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal, which decreases from £66,200 to £65,300.
The Regulations amend the length of time a benefits sanction can last where a claimant, who has previously been subject to a benefits sanction, has agreed in writing to undertake Flexible New Deal activities, but either fails or refuses to attend, or loses a place on a scheme without good cause.
The Regulations amend the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit Work-focused Interviews) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 to extend the aligned Pathways to Work conditionality to existing incapacity benefits claimants aged 18 to 24 in Northern Ireland who have been claiming continuously for 12 months or more.
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